Fracking Should Be Illegal

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During warm days there is nothing better than a glass of clean, ice-cold, refreshing water. Water is one of our most important resources and one that we cannot take for granted. Can you imagine what it would be like if this was no longer an option? Not only that, the culprit of the contamination would be our own government. The cause? The process of Hydraulic Fracturing - Fracking for short. Fracking is a process that big companies such as BP, Halliburton and Warwick Energy use to withdraw Natural Gases and Oils from rocks. The process includes drilling a deep well and infusing gallons of toxic fracking fluid, at high pressure, causing the rocks to fracture and release the oils or gases. However, the UK’s Environmental Agency found flow-back fluid from a Lancashire fracking site contained “notably high levels of sodium, bromide and iron, as well as higher values of lead”. Some studies have even found formaldehyde, acetic acids, boric acids and hundreds of others. Typically 5 to 10 chemicals are used in one frack job, but each well can be fracked multiple times which means the chemicals that are identified, and many which are not, increase massively. Most wells are being drilled below water systems and use a terrifying mixture of 596 chemicals per frack! Fracking is also known to generate methane, but it is not clear how much. Reports about the leakage rates have ranged from 1.7% to 7.9% of total gas produced. Although that seems small, after a couple of years or so these figures will make a big difference and damage our environment. Our own government is polluting our Earth. Furthermore, US scientists have found that ground and surface water are contaminated during accidental spills and leaks. An example of one of these substances is Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, which interfere with the functioning of the endocrine system and can cause infertility,

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